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Developing ‘Core Capacities In Public Health,’ Strengthening Global Response Mechanisms Essential To Contain Next Global Health Crisis

BBC News: Global health: How prepared are we for the next crisis?
David Heymann, head and senior fellow at Chatham House Center on Global Health Security and professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

“It has now been over a year since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported and it has since gone on to become the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976, claiming the lives of more than 10,000 people. So what has the outbreak taught us and how prepared are we for the next global health crisis? … The way forward must … include stronger government engagement in developing core capacities in public health so that outbreaks can be rapidly identified and contained when and where they occur; and strengthening of global alert and response mechanisms to ensure a rapid and robust response — a safety net when countries are unable to detect and contain outbreaks on their own” (5/5).

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